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Franklin Medical Center Officer of the Year

Franklin Medical Center


Malcolm Heard


614-445-5960 (Fax: 614-445-7040)


1990 Harmon Avenue Columbus, OH 43223

Volunteers in Prison

The Franklin Medical Center is committed to recruiting dedicated and resourceful volunteers to assist in reentry efforts by providing services to offenders.  For additional information on these opportunities or the application process, please contact Jill Glispie at 614-441-0208.

Prison Rape Elimination Act

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003 to protect individuals from prison rape.  Click here for more information.

Religious Services

Click here to view a complete listing of available programming/services.


Written correspondence to inmates must include the inmate's name and number on the envelope and be addressed to PO Box 23658 Columbus, OH 43223. Click here for Legal Mail information

Inmate Funds

For additional information on inmate funds or other deposit options please click here.

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Video Visitation


The Franklin Medical Center is equipped with video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 8:30 AM-10:00AM; 11:30AM – 3:30PM; and 5:30PM – 8:30PM and days are Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visits are 30 minutes in duration; however, an additional 30 minutes can be requested if there is no one scheduled at the same kiosk immediately after the conclusion of the initial video visit.

Only approved visitors are permitted to schedule video visits.  Individuals must verify with the respective offender their visiting status.  Once approved, individuals may contact JPay to create an account.  JPay will then give instructions on how to proceed in setting up the video visit.  Video visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the time that they are requested. Visiting is a privilege we want all to enjoy and the expectation is that all institutional rules that apply to in-house visits will apply to video visits. The institution does have the ability to monitor all video visits.

Approved visitors may visit for additional information



FMC Zone A and B is by reservation only.  Reservations can be made by phone )614-445-5960 and the following prompt: for visiting press #3), email or by mail to Franklin Medical Center P. O. Box 23658 Columbus, OH 43223.

Zone A Information

Effective July 10, 2016, the visiting procedures and hours at the Franklin Medical Center Zone A will be as follows: 

1.   Each inmate will be allowed a maximum of 4 visits per month.

2.   Each inmate’s approved visitor will be allowed to schedule only two visits per month (once the maximum of 4 is reached, no other visits will be scheduled for the month).

3.   Cancellation of visits must be done within 72 hours prior to the scheduled visit.

4.   Two (2) no shows for scheduled visits will result in forfeiture of scheduling for 30 days.

5.   All scheduled visits will count as one visit toward the 4 monthly visits (all day visits will count as two (2) visits).

Morning session 7:00am – 10:00am (visitors must arrive no later than 9:00am to be permitted in for this session). Afternoon Session 11:00am – 2:00pm (visitors must arrive no later than 1:00pm to be permitted in for this session).

Sunday - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m - Females; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Males.

Monday - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m - Males; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Males; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Males.

Tuesday - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m - Females; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Females; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Females.

Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m - Bedside visits; 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Bedside visits; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Bedside visits.

Thursday - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Females; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Females; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Females.

Friday - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Males; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Females.

Saturday - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Females; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Females

Zone B Information

Zone B visiting is available Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8am - 11am (must arrive by 10am to be permitted) and also 11:30am - 2:30pm (must arrive by 1:30pm to be permitted). Visiting is closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and all state holidays. Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit. 

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Institutional Information

Date Opened 1993
Total Acreage 8
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Staff 553
Population (as of 7/1/19)


Unique Programs


Three Medical Units provide inpatient medical services to inmate-patients in need of intensive skilled medical and nursing care. Two units house patients with short-term needs. The third unit provides specialized care for those patients with significant long-term medical needs and/or with significant physical disabilities.

The CARE (Creating A Responsive Environment for the Terminally Ill) program provides palliative and holistic end-of-life care for inmates suffering from advanced terminal illness. A multidisciplinary team addresses the medical, mental health, spiritual and daily assistance needs of each inmate-patient. The involvement of family members and Stephen Ministry community volunteers and inmate companions also support the program's goal of providing the inmate the opportunity to die with dignity.


The Family Reunification Programs encompasses various special events that are designed to strengthen family bonds behind and beyond the bars to include annual Mother’s and Father’s Day dinners, Family Night, Inside Outside Dads, and Love One of Prisoners (LOOP).

Stephen Ministry is a program that affords trained volunteers and offenders to serve as compassionate caregivers to terminally ill patients housed in the C.A.R.E. (Creating A Responsive Environment for the Terminally Ill) Unit locate on 2 North. Stephen Ministry is a place where people with special gifts for the caring ministry can use those gifts to bring support and comfort to those in need with the goal of no one having to transition alone.

Offender Programs

Community Services

  • Purebred Rescue Organization of Ohio
  • Pilot Dogs
  • Crayons to Computers
  • Tandana Foundation
  • Touching Little Lives
  • Vineyard of Columbus


  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • High School Options

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Cook (any industry)
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Healthcare Sanitation Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Maintenance Repairer, Building
  • Materials Coordinator
  • Recovery Operator

Education Services

  • Computer Aided Instructional Laboratories (CAIL)
  • Correctional Education Association (CEA) Tutor Training
  • Ohio Reentry Connections
  • Special Education Services
  • Library Services

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Administrative Professional Support (APS)
  • Graduation, Reality and Dual Role Skills (GRADS)

Social Service

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Religious Programming
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Mental Health Programming
  • Reentry
  • Victim Awareness
  • Release Preparation
  • Thinking for Change
  • Responsible Family Life Skills
  • Bonds Beyond Bars
  • Girl Scouts
  • Money Smart
  • T.O.P.C.U. (The Only Person You Cheat Is You)
  • Current Events
  • CleanTurn
  • Mother Matters
  • Inside Outside Dads
  • Celebrate Recovery-Life Healing Choices
  • Brother and Sisters in Recovery
  • Roots for Success
  • N2Work
  • Citizen Circle
  • Otterbein University Writing and Ethics Classes
  • Restoration the New You
  • LOOP (Loved Ones of Prisoners)
  • Inmate Community Affairs Committee
  • Father Factor

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